ECUADOR - THE GALAPAGOS
The famed Galapagos Islands, with their volcanic, otherworldly landscapes, are a magnet for wildlife lovers. Here, you can get up close and personal with massive lumbering tortoises, scurrying marine iguanas (the world's only seagoing lizard), doe-eyed sea lions, prancing blue-footed boobies and a host of other unusual species both on land and sea. The Ecuadorian landscape unfolds in all its startling variety. There are Andean villages renowned for their colorful textiles and sprawling markets, Afro-Ecuadorian towns where days end with meals of fresh seafood and memorable sunsets, and remote settlements in the Amazon where shamans still harvest the traditional rainforest medicines of their ancestors.
THE FAUNA N SPLENDOR OF THE GALAPAGOS
THE SPLENDOR OF THE GALAPAGOS
8 Days Tour
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THE FAUNA N SPLENDOR OF THE GALAPAGOS
8 Days Tour
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Day 1: Arrival in Galapagos (San Cristobal Island) Upon your arrival at the small city of Puerto Baquerizo in San Cristobal Island we will transfer you to the Hotel. After lunch we will visit the Interpretation Centre of San Cristobal where our guides would explain about the Galapagos Island, its formation, people and fauna etc. Late in the afternoon we will visit and walk to "Cerro de las Tijeretas" which is a unique site to observe two types of frigates birds nesting in the same colony. The view and the landscape are very beautiful. Afterwards we will enjoy our first snorkelling activity (equipment not included) at Cabo de Hornos area. Return to our Hotel. Lunch, Dinner.
Day 2: Puerto Grande – Kicker Rock - Isla Lobos - Pto. Baquerizo In the morning we will navigate north following the coastal line of San Cristobal Island. Our goal will be to visit the beautiful Puerto Grande (Sappho Cove), a paradisiacal place opposite Kicker Rock. This small cove is surrounded by a forest of Opuntia cactus and provides an excellent area for swimming. Later on with our boat we will go for navigation around the Kicker Rock an impressive solitary sea-girt tower locally known as “Leon Dormido” (Sleeping Lion) due to its characteristic shape. This twin-peaked cathedral has vertical walls on either side of a canal through which small vessels can navigate. Huge colonies of sea birds nest in its vertiginous walls, and it's a popular spot for scuba diving. Our morning last visit will be with a "panga" ride at the Lobos Island a small islet separated from the main Island by a narrow stretch of calm water. Upon its rocky shores blue footed boobies nest and sea lions rest. This gives an atmosphere of tranquillity and primitive beauty. Here we can snorkel surrounded by playful sea lions. Navigation back to Pto. Baquerizo. Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3: San Cristobal Island – Floreana After breakfast we will navigate towards the small town of Velasco Ibarra on the legendary Floreana Island. Accommodations in a local small hotel (very few simple hotels are available for lodging - it is expected that new hotels will be opened soon). After lunch we will take the local “chiva” (kind of open bus) transport up to the highlands of Floreana Island. The valley is green with farms belonging to the locals and with plantations of bananas, different kind of fruits, sugar cane and cattle. Part of our visit will be a hike to the Caves located on the side of one of the volcanoes. Here our guide will explain us about the history of the first Germans who settled in the island. Here we also find a colony of giant Galapagos Tortoises in natural state. Transport back to the town and then we will go to enjoy the beach known as La Loberia where we find a colony of sea lions. Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4: Floreana Island - Isabela. In the morning we will go for snorkelling to a place where we have great chances to observe Galapagos sharks and marine turtles. On the rocks we can also observe several kinds of marine birds. In the afternoon after lunch, we will navigate towards the Isabela Island, the biggest on the Archipelago of Galapagos. After 2 hours of navigation we will arrive to the town of Pto. Villamil where we will be transferred to the hotel. Lunch followed for a visit to the place known as the “Wall of Tears”, a historical place of Isabela Island and where the prisoners were brought from the continent. We will also visit to the Turtles Breading Center of Isabela. Free time to enjoy the beach. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5: Isabela: Trekking Volcano Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano. Early in the morning this day we will be transported up to the highlands of Isabela Island. After arriving to the National Park check point we will start our easy hike up to the rim of the crater of the Sierra Negra volcano. This crater is considered the 2nd largest in the world (approximately 6 miles diameter) and it is one of the most impressive examples of the volcanic activity in the Islands. Down in the bottom of the crater we can observe a fresh lava flow of the last eruption of this volcano occurred in 2005. Later on we will continue or hike until we reach the volcanic fissure known as “Chico” Volcano where is possible to observe the fumaroles. Return to our hike starting point and then by car transport back to Pto. Villamil. In the afternoon after lunch we go for a visit to the place known as Las Pozas de las Tintoreras, a place where we can observe sharks, marine turtles, marine iguanas, and eventually some penguins. The lava and sea landscape is fantastic and here is also possible to do some snorkel. Transport back to the hotel and free time to rest and enjoy the beach of this tranquil, beautiful Island on the Pacific Ocean. Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6: Isabela Island – Santa Cruz Island. In the morning we navigate towards the city of Pto. Ayora where we will arrive at about 10 a.m. During our navigation we have great chances to see dolphins and marine iguanas. After checking in the hotel we make a visit to The Charles Darwin Station where we will find out how the scientists conduct their researches in the Galapagos Islands. Lunch and after a short rest we make a bay tour to observe sea lions at the islet and on the rocky areas we can observe sea lions, blue footed boobies and other sea birds. Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 7: Santa Cruz Island: Santa Cruz Highlands – Tortuga Bay Beach. After breakfast by car we will be transported to the highlands of the Santa Cruz Island. This is a green lush area where we can observe several species of land and sometimes marine birds and overall the Giant Galapagos Turtles in natural state. Later on we make a hike into one of the lava tunnels. In the afternoon return to Puerto Ayora where we will have time for a short rest in the hotel and in the afternoon we will walk to the place known as Tortuga Bay, which has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos. The long beach is composed of fine white sand and is backed by an extensive area of sand dunes. Later on we will encounter a protected beach where we will walk and we can observe a marine iguana colony and observe several marine birds (Pelicans, Finches, seagulls, etc). Here we can also observe the typical red mangroves of Galapagos and an interesting cacti forest. Time to enjoy the beach. Late in the afternoon return to our hotel in Puerto Ayora. Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner.
Day 8: Galapagos Transfer out. In the morning transfer to the Airport in Baltra. On the way on we make a visit to the Twin Craters, an interesting geological lava formation. Fly back to Quito or Guayaquil. Breakfast.
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